Spice Girl Mel C Says She Would Reject Any Offer To Perform In Qatar

Spice Girl Mel C has revealed the reason why she would refuse to perform in Qatar.
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Spice Girl Mel C has revealed that she would refuse any offer to perform in Qatar.

The country is currently hosting the FIFA World Cup, one of the most prestigious sporting tournaments in the world.

However, since being announced as the host country in 2010, the event has been surrounded by controversy.

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Women are heavily restricted in what they are allowed to do and it’s also illegal to be in a gay relationship.

Preparation for the World Cup has also seen concerns over the treatment of workers from abroad.

Amnesty International claims that hundreds of thousands of workers have faced human rights abuses and exploitation in difficult working conditions with little pay.

While The Guardian reported that 6,500 migrant workers had died in Qatar since the country was awarded the 2022 World Cup.

However, this has not stopped high-profile celebrities from associating themselves with the country.

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David Beckham has reportedly earnt over £10 million in a deal to be an ambassador for Qatar’s World Cup.

This saw the former England captain receive a huge amount of backlash from Human Rights activists.

His wife’s ex-bandmate, Mel C, has now spoken up against the Middle East country for its treatment towards the LGBTQ+ community.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, she revealed that she would reject any offer to perform out in Qatar.

Mel C
Mel C has explained that Qatar’s strict views on the LGBTQ+ community are the reason why she would never perform out there. Credit: @melaniecmusic/Instagram

Sporty Spice explained: “Personally, I’m an ally to the LGBTQ+ community and it’s not something I would feel comfortable in doing.

“People want to go over there and help to make a change. 

“Each to their own, but it would be a no from me if the offer came.”

This comes after pop star Dua Lipa took to social media to squash rumours of her performing in Qatar.

In an Instagram story, she wrote: “There is a lot of speculation that I will be performing at the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Qatar.

“I will not be performing and nor have I ever been involved in any negotiation to perform.

“I will be cheering England on from afar and I look forward to visiting Qatar when it has fulfilled all the human rights pledges it made when it won the right to host the World Cup.”

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While the ‘One Kiss’ singer has refused, one musician who will be performing there is Robbie Williams.

He is set to be a part of Qatar Live concerts that will happen in Doha.

Williams will be performing alongside the likes of Maroon 5 and Post Malone.

The former Take That singer shared backlash similar to Beckham’s, with many saying it is wrong for them to support a tournament that has been met with a lot of controversies.

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.